US Territories’ September 24-30, 2018 news week in tweets
CNMI House Passes Supplemental Budget
The House of Representatives yesterday unanimously passed a supplemental budget that allocates $11.5 million to the CNMI Settlement Fund and $3.5 million for the CNMI State Public School System. https://t.co/snKecyg7vL
— Saipan Tribune (@saipantribune01) September 26, 2018
The House of Representatives voted yes on a bill for a supplemental budget. The budget will help support the CNMI Settlement Fund and the CNMI State Public School System.
Boy Floats Towards Guam After Surviving 49 Days At Sea
— Titus Seilheimer (@DrFishSG) September 24, 2018
Aldi Novel Adilang was a caretaker of a fishing hut out in sea, when the line anchoring the hut snapped. He drifted from Indonesia to Guam and survived 49 days until a passing ship, rescued Aldi.
American Samoa Considers Substantial Fee Increases for Land, Leases, and Titles
American Samoa considers fee increases for land, leases and titles https://t.co/7UOOo87OdC
— RNZ Pacific (@RNZPacific) September 25, 2018
Significant registration fee increases are being considered in American Samoa. The proposal calls for land and matai title registrations to increase from $5 to $500 and land registrations to rise from $12 to $100.
Puerto Rico States ‘No Misuse of Aid’ in Shipping Container Investigation
Puerto Rico’s govt has completed an investigation into 12 shipping containers, paid for by FEMA, that were unaccounted for before being found in various locations around the island. The govt concludes: there was no misuse of aid & the aid was distributedhttps://t.co/gGhEJxxmMJ
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 28, 2018
Shipping containers of rotting food and supplies was found in Puerto Rico, and the government launched an investigation to determine whether officials mishandled the distribution of supplies. In a press release, Puerto Rico stated that there was no misuse of aid and that the aid was distributed.
Senators Call for Hearing on Health and Education in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands
— Joshua Hoyos (@JoshuaHoyos) September 25, 2018
Eight senators sent a letter to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions asking for a hearing on the health and education crises Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are currently facing after Hurricane Irma and Maria.